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Around Clear Spring

May 20, 2008|By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-842-0087

Cool days

Only 10 more days of school! Yeah! I've been trying to pack away our winter clothes and get our summer clothes ready. Every time I do, we get another dose of cool weather. Pretty soon, I'll be able to put them away for good.

Garden Club

The Clear Spring Garden Club monthly meeting will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at the home of Tina Flook, near Myersville, Md. They will be enjoying a tea and tour of Edgewood Gardens.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Elizabeth Mott. Elizabeth will turn 10 years old on May 25. Happy birthday, Elizabeth. I hope you enjoy your day!

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Library events

Here are some upcoming events at the L.P. Snyder Memorial Library in Clear Spring:

· Creative Beginnings for Writers - today at 6 p.m. Help honor "Creative Beginnings Month" by bringing in a work in progress or start a new piece (story, poem, memoir, etc) and work together. Sharing your writings or experiences is optional. Call 301-842-2730 for more information.

· Mother/Daughter Book Club - Saturday at 11 a.m. May's installment of the club will be held. The group will discuss "Olive's Ocean," by Kevin Henkes. Call 301-842-2730 for more information or to get a copy of the book.

· Heirlooms on Parade - Sunday, June 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tom Bikle, a professional appraiser for Cochran and Associates, will be available to identify and give an estimated value for your antique or collectible.

Examples could include rare books, glass, paintings, jewelry and toys. No furniture except for small, lightweight pieces that you can carry without assistance. Limited to one item per person. Between 1 and 2 p.m., Bikle will give a talk about antiques and collectibles in the meeting room. Call 301-842-2730 and reserve a time slot to have your items evaluated.

Registration for the Summer Reading Club begins on June 1.

Council of PTAs

On Thursday night, there will be a meeting about revitalizing the Washington County Council of PTAs.

The meeting will be held at South Hagerstown High School from 6 to 8 p.m. The president of Maryland PTA will be attending to answer questions.

Call 301-790-0411 or 301-992-8023 (cell) or e-mail Kathy@alleghenybenefits.com

Sandwich sale

Don't forget, the Fort Frederick Ruritan is holding a soup and sandwich sale on Friday at the Big Pool Community Building. The sale will be at 3 p.m. until sold out. They will be selling all kinds of homemade soups and sandwiches. Baked goods will also be available.

Blood drive

The students at Clear Spring Elementary are hosting their first Red Cross Blood Drive called Pint Size Heroes. The American Red Cross in Western Maryland needs to collect more than 1,000 pints of blood to serve 100 hospitals in the area each day.

The Pint Size Heroes is a community service project that teaches children about the life-saving importance of donating blood.

Although the children themselves may not donate, they are inviting their parents and family members to do so.

The blood drive will be held on Field Day, May 30, since so many parents are already at school that day. The drive will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please contact Mrs. Schiller, school counselor, at 301-766-8079 to schedule an appointment.

Did you know?

Did you know that there once was an apple orchard at Stafford Hall Farm on Cohill Road? Not just an apple orchard, it was one of the largest apple orchards in the surrounding states. It once produced more than 50,000 bushels of apples a year. The orchard employed hundreds of area residents. Big canning factories like Musselman's bought their apples.

Stafford Hall Apples were shipped all over the U.S. and even to England and France. One thing that a lot of people remember is that in the 1930s lightning struck the packing house and killed two workers.

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